Stay-at-home moms are priceless, but if you want to get down to the nitty-gritty of how tough a job it is, Steven Nelms of Plano, Texas, has calculated what he wife "earns" as the primary caregiver for their son, ABC News reports.
Turns out, he can't afford her.
In a March 20 post on his blog, We Are Glory, Nelms itemized every job his wife, Glory, performs. This includes child care ($36,660), cleaning ($5,200), cooking ($12,480) and more. The total comes out to $73,690 per year, according to Nelms' calculations.
"In short, I can't afford for my wife to stay at home. And I've tragically failed to show my wife the appreciation that she deserves," Nelms wrote on his blog. "She loves me, loves our son and loves our family, so obviously she isn't doing any of those things for a paycheck or even for recognition."
So how does mom feel about all this?
"It was hard to stay at home for a reason. It wasn't necessarily the workload," Glory told ABC News. "It was everything that came with losing that paycheck, losing that job, losing the connection with other people in the world."
Nelms said his original intent for the piece was to "show appreciation" for Glory. The blog post has since received more than 1,000 comments.
"I'd love for my nagging husband to read this," one commenter wrote. "All he does is gripe for me to get a job and expect me to somehow clean/feed/care for my children all at the same time."